How People Are Preserving Tattoos After Death

Tattoos are art, and now you can treat them as such and have your tattoos preserved after you die. The National Association For The Preservation Of Skin Art (NAPSA) is offering a service where members can opt to have their tattoos cut from their skin and embalmed after they die, and framed up as wall art for their loved ones. In all honesty, there's part of me that finds this very, very creepy, but when you think about the time, love, and effort (as well as money!) that goes into creating tattoo art, it's kind of a neat concept. That is if you have nice tattoos, and not one that you got blacked out after a night on the town (looking at you, Ted Mosby's butt).

Charles Hamm, NAPSA founder and chairman, says that the significant time and work that went into his own tattoos caused him to contemplate what happens to body art after you die. He said, “I personally founded NAPSA because I wanted to save my ink for my loved ones and to allow my tattoos to declare who I truly am so others cannot define who I was.” Here are some examples of NAPSA's work, if you're interested:

1. This Honorable Preserved Tattoo

2. This Family Memory

3. This Classic Tribute To Mom

4. This Pretty Flower

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